Published Jul 15, 2010If you were thinking that Canada's favourite national pastime needed to be a bit more fabulous, then you're in luck. The opening film at this year's Toronto International Film Festival will be Score: A Hockey Musical, and will co-star Olivia Newton-John as a hockey mom and Nelly Furtado as a devout fan.
According to IMDB, the film is about 17-year-old Farley (Noah Reid), a sheltered hockey lover who gets signed to a junior league team and becomes a star. It was written and directed by Michael McGowan (One Week, Saint Ralph).
The film features a host of stars from the music world. Songwriter Marc Jordan plays Farley's father, while George Stroumboulopoulos, Hawksley Workman and the Rheostatics' Dave Bidini all make guest appearances.
According to TheatreMania.com, the film features 19 original songs, with the bulk of the words written by McGowan. The music was composed by Jordan and Newton-John along with contributions by Workman, Amy Sky and Barenaked Ladies.
The film premiers at TIFF's opening gala on September 9. It will be out in theatres on October 22. Judging by its mix of hockey, musical theatre and Canadian rock, you can expect a diverse audience. Watch a trailer for the film below, and keep an eye out for Workman and Stroumboulopoulos, who both make brief appearances. You can also see Furtado hugging a generously proportioned man with a large "B" painted on his chest.